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The end of the year is when video game journalists typically
fawn over their favorite games of the past twelve months. Nuts to that. Here
are five series I don't want to see hide nor hair of in 2012.
Dead RisingI'm an unapologetic
supporter of zombies in video games, and believe there's still a lot of interesting
ground to explore with regards to our shambling undead foes. So zombie
fatigue is not the reason I want 2012 to be Dead Rising-free. The truth is I
just can't get into the series.
Dead Rising has everything I normally like in a zombie game:
an open-world design, hundreds of onscreen enemies, and NPC companions that can
actually be infected and killed. I even think the time mechanic – where the
game is constantly moving forward whether you want it to or not – is pretty
cool. These are the reasons I happily bought the first two Dead Rising games,
but that hasn't stopped both titles from collecting dust on my shelf after only
a few hours of play.
I don't know what it is about Dead Rising's formula that
doesn't click with me. Maybe it's the wacky sense of humor, which saps the game
of any genuine horror (I'm sorry, but a zombie Armageddon isn't supposed to be
funny). Maybe it's the focus on melee combat, which isn't as gritty or nuanced
as Dead Island, making every zombie encounter feel repetitive. Whatever the
problem is, Dead Rising 2 didn't fix it, and I'm guessing another sequel won't
Capcom's release record for Dead Rising also isn't
reassuring. The company followed up the release of Dead Rising 2 with Case West
("Hey look, we added Frank West!"), and then Dead Rising 2: Off The Record
("Hey look, we added Frank West...again!"). If there's still innovation to be
made in zombie games I don't expect it to come from Dead Rising, and I won't
miss the series if it takes a break in 2012.
Gears of WarThere's no denying the popularity of the Gears of War
formula, and I'm sure if Epic rolled out another sequel tomorrow it would sell
like gangbusters. The reason I don't want to see another Gears of War, however,
is I'm more interested in the alternative. Epic has squeezed more out of the
Xbox 360 than virtually any other developer in the industry, proving just how
talented the studio really is. I want to see that ability exerted on something
other than alien killing and dudebro dialogue.
As such, I couldn't have been happier with Epic's reveal of
Fortnite. The cartoony visuals aren't all that appealing to me, but the
Minecraft-inspired focus on building custom structures? With friends? On a
console? Yes, please! The indication that you'll be fending off zombie attacks
in your newly created base is also intriguing, especially considering Epic
pretty much wrote the book on Horde mode. All of these elements are instantly more
exciting to me than a potential Gears of War 4.
I'm sure Gears of War will be reincarnated in some form or
another in the future, but I feel like sci-fi shooters have done all the
innovating they're going to at this point, which makes me think 2012 would be a
good year for Epic to focus on something else.
Any Movie-themed Lego TitleI don't bring this up to hate on the Lego games like
everyone else. As far as family-friendly co-op games go, the Lego series is
great fun. Lego isn't the problem – it's the movie license half of the equation
that I'm sick to death of.
What I really want to see Traveller's Tales do is create a
game in the spirit of Lego, one that allows players to use building blocks to,
you know, build stuff. Minecraft has proven how incredibly popular
creation-focused sandbox games are with players, and Lego has been doing it
since before video games even existed. Putting the focus on creative building
instead of pantomiming popular movies will stop much of the eye-rolling
commonly associated with the series.
This is one entry on the list that I already know is doomed.
Traveller's Tales has announced it's working on another Batman title, as well
as a new Lord of the Rings series – looks like we'll have plenty of Lego Gollum
in our future. To its credit, the developer is also working on Lego City
Stories, a more open-world title for the 3DS and Wii U, but we'll have to wait and see if it satisfies the urge to build stuff out of everyone's favorite plastic blocks.
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I must say I agree with the games that you mentioned, especially the one about Call of Duty due to the fact that it really has fatigued the shooter genre, and due to it many developers use those same ideas making most games in the shooter genre use the concepts of Cod and causing no new ideas for shooters to be made.
I don't want to see Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. The devs for each game really need to take a little more time to make the series even better.
Something just tells me we're gonna see a CoD game in 2012, and I don't know why, it's just a feeling, hehe.
I could also do without a Dead Rising game for a little while, not because I don't like the games, I think the first game was great. But because I still need to play the games after the first.
One franchise I don't want to see in 2012? Metal Gear Solid. It's one of my favorite series of all time, but the way MGS4 ended just makes me want to have it end at that; it was the perfect ending. Adding potentially two more titles would water down the series in my opinion; it takes away whatever weight the ending of 4 held. What direction could they take the series with Rising and potentially a fifth MGS? Not one that would live up to its predecessors.
I would add Assassin's Creed. I have no desire to play another Assassin's Creed until they make some actual changes and not just recycle the last game in a new single city.
"What I really want to see Traveller's Tales do is create a game in the spirit of Lego, one that allows players to use building blocks to, you know, build stuff."
AMEN, brother. I was thinking up my dream video games one night, and pictured a SimCity like game with a Minecraft style building system, only it would be LEGO pieces you build your city with. I would buy that in a heartbeat.
Capcom needs to stop regurgitating all their games out over and over. Dead Rising seems to have been expended, MVC3 already has an "Ultimate" edition out, and now it looks like there wil be two separate Street Fighter / Tekken games coming out. Plus Resident Evil 4 HD... they need to put out a solid new game sometime soon. It's getting harder and harder to like them.
Dragon Age, the series needs some desperate attention after how DAII was shoved out of the door.
i dont know.. but the Lego franchise is a bit more than repetitive now. but still call of duty.. its not bad for now.. dead rising is just destroyed. i wouldn't like to see dead island.. borderlands.. maybe.. i dunno.. not much of a fan to those types of games.. and dilike it for it to continue..